Having written several articles and letters debunking the “consumer-driven economy” myth, I recently swore off further attempts. I thought. Whenever another well-intentioned liberal describes our economic problems and solutions in terms “consumer demand,” I am drawn to trying once more to break through the economic brainwashing most of us have been subjected to since children.
The Boston media used a snippet of videotape released by the FBI to conclude that Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner is guilty of bribery. But the accompanying FBI affidavit, when shorn of speculation and irrelevancies, is a decidedly unconvincing document. Could it be that Chuck Turner is being set up?
I should’ve known better.
For weeks, local print and broadcast media have heaped scorn and derision on former State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson, accused of extorting $23,000 in an FBI sting — captured in grainy video stills stuffing her bra. With her fellow state senators, the media, public opinion, and the Black ministers arrayed against her, Wilkerson finally resigned her seat and retreated into seclusion.
Plymouth, Mass. - United American Indians Of New England, UAINE, held the 39th National Native American Day Of Mourning on Nov. 27, 2008, Thanksgiving (or thanks-"taking") Day. Several hundred supporters turned out to hear words of protest against the Pilgrims and their descendants genocide against the indigenous people of the Americas.
Let's begin with the elections. The word that the rolls off of everyone's tongue is historic. Historic election. And I agree with it. It was a historic election. To have a black family in the white house is a momentous achievement. In fact, it's historic in a broader sense. The two Democratic candidates were an African-American and a woman. Both remarkable achievements. We go back say 40 years, it would have been unthinkable. So something's happened to the country in 40 years.
This Tuesday (11/18/2008) I joined a delegation of about twenty security officers, organizers and community allies from SEIU 615, the union representing security officers in many of Boston's largest and most profitable properties.
Our task was simple. We wanted to speak with a representative of Manulife, the owners of The Berkeley Building at 200 Berkeley St in Boston about the deplorable salaries and benefits Securitas, the security firm they employ, pays its security officers.
Natick, MA - Patty Kupfer of America's Voice was the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by Pax Christi and several faith organizations in the Metrowest area on Monday, Oct 20th at the Natick Library. She spoke about the importance of caring for immigrants and related their plight to one of the most famous migrants, Jesus. Much of his narrative is a plea to followers to welcome and assist the traveler and the stranger.
Regardless of who wins Tuesday’s presidential election, Boston residents and elected officials will still have to grapple with the urban siting of a laboratory where extremely dangerous germs are proposed to be studied.
This week State Senator Dianne Wilkerson became a poster child for Massachusetts’ political corruption. She has become the butt of jokes and cartoons. She has inspired a barrage of at the least snide comments on the Boston Herald’s e- comment line: “it`s not Dianne’s fault she needed to get her Shameka done ... girl friend had to look good for the us poor folk that can`t survive without her for the next 60 days !!” The Massachusetts Senate is shocked and prepared to expel her with no sadness. She has sinned and besmirched their name.